Thursday, January 29, 2015

Plumbing Inspection Pre-Slab PASSED!

The plumbing inspector should have come Monday, but he didn’t.

But the plumber did come out and he installed our dryer vents.

Another load of gravel came and so did lumber.

The inspector finally came out on Tuesday and told the plumber the vent in the master bath was two feet too far from where it needed to be. Our plumber then added another vent and called the inspector to come back out.

Tuesday wasn’t a total waste. We worked on getting that gravel load moved inside the house.

We also got orange tic marks added to the blocks.

As of Thursday AM, I had yet to figure out their meaning. But when I went by Thursday evening, I saw that they were indicators for rebar.

Some were in while the others were at least placed in the spot.

On Wednesday, the inspector came back out and we got our approval! Thank goodness!

Now we can finish covering up the pipes with the gravel and the electrician can come run conduit to the kitchen island and two spots in the living room. We plan to have two floor plugs in the living room for flexibility of future furniture arrangements. I like having end tables with lamps on them, but not having a power cord to trip over.

After our electrician runs his conduit, we will need two more inspections (electrical and pre-slab). I really hope the inspector comes out on Friday! If he does, then we can prep the slab with visqueen and have the concrete poured on Saturday! It’s my wishful thinking.Most likely an inspection won't be done until Monday and we will pour concrete on Tuesday.

Progress is good!

Back Porch

Monday, January 26, 2015

Plumbing Rough-In

Once some gravel was down, the plumber got to work. He started in my mom's bathroom and moved to the master bath.

In-Law Suite

Master Bath Started

The next day it rained and no work was done. But, Saturday was sunny and the plumber came back out and finished 99% of the job.

It's exciting to see the pipes sticking up out of the foundation.

Where there is a bath tub, the pipe has styrofoam around it.

This gives the plumber "wiggle room" for pipe placement.

Once the foundation is poured and framing goes up, the styrofoam will be removed.

The powder bath has its plumbing in.

Powder Bath

And the master bath is starting to take form.

Master Shower

I got a little confused seeing a pipe near the front door, but its measurements show it will be in the wall and it is the exit pipe for the second floor.

Our sewer line is in the front yard.

So the main exit goes out near the front door.

The main entrance for water will come in near the laundry room, on the side of the house were the water meter is.

The laundry room has piping for the washer and dryer and a sink.

Laundry Room

And the island will house our sink, so pipes are going there.

One thing I paid attention to in the design of the house, were pipes located on an exterior wall. I can have bathrooms on an exterior wall, but I tried to avoid piping on that wall. Mainly, I wanted to avoid freezing pipes, but we also had ICF. At the time, I thought pipes in an ICF wall needed to be avoided. I now know that if a pipe needed to be run, it would be okay. The pipe would run through the stryofoam part of the wall and be drywalled over.

It's fun to see it coming together. The plumbers used twine to mark dimensions, and I got to see how big the master bedroom would be.

It's the same size as our old room, so although it looks small, we know it will be plenty big.

The plumber says he is getting an inspection on Monday, and then it will be the electrician's turn for a rough-in before the slab is poured.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Filling in the Foundation

Day 20 the block crew came back out to finish the garage and porches.

It was neat to see it coming together. I've been told numerous times that during phases of construction the house will feel smaller, larger, smaller, etc. When the flags went up, certain areas felt small. When the footers went in, things got bigger. When the blocks went up, things felt small, and now that the gravel is filled in, it feels large.

Mom's Porch
South Wall complete
Front Porch

Back Porch

Day 23 was spent filling the foundation with gravel and starting the rough in plumbing.

Back Porch

Day 21, the framer, plumber and electrician met on site to get on the same page. Luckily, my electrician and plumber have worked together before and get along. I had read that it was important they did. Yay!

Day 21-22 were gorgeous days, but nothing got done. I was waiting on a load of gravel that didn't come until Thursday. The plumber was eager to get started, too.

Day 23, the gravel was delivered and moved into the foundation. The front wall of my mom's room was left open for the tractor to have access.

While they were moving the gravel, they consolidated all the dirt piles into one giant one.

This helped the tractor have less to move around. I liked how it cleared up the front yard.

Next up, rough-in plumbing and electrical.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Captain America and His Dog

We are very into dress-up right now. The costumes we had for Halloween are getting used every day.

Little JCrew loves the full ensemble. Mr. Brigglesworth only tolerates the mask as a headband and not on his actual face.

There is also a puppy-dog costume Nana and Boppa sent us that the boys love. They love to pretend they are dogs with or without the costume.

Last night's adventures were about Captain America and his dog, Colby.

They wrestled the evil, Daddy, and the shield was magical.

The boys are not only super heroes,  but doctors. Little JCrew has been to a lot of doctor visits lately. One special office has a treasure chest. At the last appointment, he picked out a doctor kit. We ended up having to go find Mr. Brigglesworth a matching set at the Dollar General. Every chance they get, they are requiring us to have check ups! Little JCrew wouldn't eat his breakfast one morning because he was waiting on his last patient (me) to sit down for my check up. For a whole car ride we had to hear "Dr. Wilks" say his name over and over.

The boys are still very into their dogs and it is sweet to see the affection towards them. Mr. Brigglesworth doesn't shy away from telling them to "go away" or "get down" while Little JCrew loves on them. Dr. Wilks even gives the dogs check ups. Kates just rolls over while Colby hides under the couch.

Mr. Brigglesworth is for sure my lefty and LOVES to color. He takes his time and really tries to stay in the lines.

He likes to color shapes that are smaller. I noticed if he tries to color a shape that is large, he gets a little sloppy.

Little JCrew still bounces between his left and right hand. He doesn't love to color as much as his brother and does quick jobs that are messy. But he made a painting that came home this week that I currently adore.

And watching the boys sleep will never get old. When I see them sleep, they look like babies again. Little JCrew has pretty lips that are not mine, and they are noticeable when he sleeps.

And we can't forget Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! My brother gifted the boys a DVD of the TV series from when we were kids. There are 12 episodes on it and the boys are obsessed! The have the theme song memorized and there is a dance that goes with it. Little JCrew knows each ones name and the weapon associated with them.

Mom says Little JCrew is very much like me. He is bossy and tells people how to do things. He is sensitive if you don't give him an opportunity.

Mr. Brigglesworth is still very whiny. We are trying to kick the habit quick before it lingers into his adulthood. I'm hoping it is just the age. But he is very tolerant with a bossy big brother. He does whatever Little JCrew tells him to do. He also wants whatever Little JCrew has.

We're ready for the weekend!

Taken by Little JCrew. "Mommy, that was a silly face."

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